A Brief History of String Theory: From Dual Models to M-Theory (The Frontiers Collection)

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During its forty year lifespan, string theory has always had the power to divide, being called both a 'theory of everything' and a 'theory of nothing'. Critics have even questioned whether it qualifies as a scientific theory at all. This book adopts an objective stance, standing back from the question of the truth or falsity of string theory and instead focusing on how it came to be and how it came to occupy its present position in physics. An unexpectedly rich history is revealed, with deep connections to our most well-established physical theories. Fully self-contained and written in a lively fashion, the book will appeal to a wide variety of readers from novice to specialist.

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Dean Rickles is associate professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Sydney. He specialises in the history and philosophy of quantum gravity and has published extensively in this area. He has authored or edited several books including: The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity (coedited with S. French and J. Saatsi: Oxford University Press, 2006); Symmetry, Structure, and Spacetime (Elsevier, 2007); The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics (Ashgate, 2008); and The Role of Gravitation in Physics: Report from the 1957 Chapel Hill Conference (Co-edited with Cecile DeWitt: Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge, 2011).

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"Dean Rickles' book is the first serious attempt by a historian of science to relate the remarkable story of the origins and rise of string theory. I think he has done an impressive job especially in view of the obstacles that needed to be overcome: string theory's convoluted history, the highly mathematical nature of the subject, and the many common misconceptions that exist. There will surely be much more historical study of this subject in the future, so it is very fortunate that this book will be a reliable source." (John Schwarz, California Institute of Technology)

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Buchbeschreibung Springer-Verlag Gmbh Mrz 2014, 2014. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - During its forty year lifespan, string theory has always had the power to divide, being called both a 'theory of everything' and a 'theory of nothing'. Critics have even questioned whether it qualifies as a scientific theory at all. This book adopts an objective stance, standing back from the question of the truth or falsity of string theory and instead focusing on how it came to be and how it came to occupy its present position in physics. An unexpectedly rich history is revealed, with deep connections to our most well-established physical theories. Fully self-contained and written in a lively fashion, the book will appeal to a wide variety of readers from novice to specialist. 251 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9783642451270

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